Melrose Avenue is renowned throughout the world as one of Los Angelesâ most walkable and uniqueÂ shopping, dining and entertainment destinations. Downtown Melrose encompasses the 22 blocksÂ along Melrose Avenue that stretch from Fairfax to Highland. More than 300Â alternative and independentÂ stores offer a wide array of merchandise found nowhere else in the city.
Happening on Melrose
A Day Of Beauty On Melrose
Beautiful people flock to Melrose Ave. â and they come to get beautiful. From exciting beauty supplies to tanning, spa experiences, eyelash enhancement, or the perfect brows, Melrose Ave. offers a chance to remake, re-up, or reinvigorate the most important person in your life: YOU. Hair and Styling THE GIRL CAVE Both a beauty bar and a fashion boutique, The Girl Cave is a one-stop-shop for beauty and fashion. Owner Lis Dias offers hair styling, eye-lash artists, a brow artist, and clothing in the spot where âbeauty and fashion collide,â according to the shopâs tagline. The Girl Cave 7513 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 592 3233 http://girlcavela.com/ MELROSE HAIR STUDIO Reasonably priced, yet always cool: thatâs part of the appeal for a visit to Melrose Hair Studio. Pro haircuts, flat ironing, blow drying, hair extensions, hair coloring, highlights, and Keratin treatments are all on this salonâs menu. So too are esthetic services such as custom facials and lactic peels. Melrose Hair Studio 7710 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 782-9311 http://www.melrosehairstudio.com/ STAG HAIR PARLOR Chic and sleek, Stag Hair Salon offers a wide array of Davineâs hair-care products, textured cuts, and vibrant hair colors. Owner and stylist […]
Fresh Summer Salads: Where To Find Them On Melrose
With summer heat in full swing, itâs time to look into something cool when it comes to food. And on Melrose Ave., cool can simultaneously mean hip and chilled. The fresh summers salads on menus here will likely offer both perfect flavor and terrific style. BARBARA JEAN For something completely different from the usual salad, Barbara Jean has you covered with a Grilled Little Gem Salad featuring tri-colored beets, goat cheese, and market-fresh citrus. Choices are seasonal: at the moment, a crisp apple joins the Little Gem mix along with shaved radish. As a bar bite from Barbara Jean at the adjoining Melrose Umbrella Company, youâll find a refreshing watercress, grapefruit, Chioggia, local fennel, and bacon-bit salad with elderflower vinaigrette dressing. Barbara Jean 7465 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 718-5142 www.BarbaraJeanLA.com BEEFSTEAK The chic, chef-centric fare at Beefsteak overflows with salad-y goodness. Try great green dishes such as baby kale with turmeric hummus, Castelvetrano olives, roasted cauliflower, carrots, and black pepper pumpkin seeds, or enjoy a crisp Sunflower Caesar that includes nutritional yeast and hemp seeds as a healthy and delicious substitution for anchovies. Beefsteak 7661 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 424-7443 https://www.beefsteakveg.com/ BLACKBIRD PIZZA SHOP […]
Burning Man Must-Haves: Get Your Burn On The Melrose Way
Burning Man is coming up at the end of the month â and to get your burn on in style, Melrose Ave. is a one-stop-shop for all your fest needs. From the coolest outfits to the best accessories, all your must-haves are right here. Hats Letâs start at the top: looking for some shade from the desert heat? Check out these shops for headgear. AMERICAN SUPERIOR VINTAGE Hats of all kinds in funky styles from the 1930s to 1990s are among the many finds at this vintage boutique. Unique hats add the ultimate finishing touch and shade from the heat for just about any burner-style. Thereâs boater straw hats, 60s-era floppy wide brims, fedoras, cowboy hats, and much more. American Superior Vintage 7377 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 852-0969 https://www.facebook.com/AmericanSuperiorVintage/ HOLLYWOOD HATTERS Hollywood Hatters carries over 1,000 quality hats for girls and guys. Bowlers, boaters, newsboy caps, Panama hats, top hats â if it goes on your head, this shop has it. Hollywood Hatters also specializes in custom sizing and name brands like Borsalino, Golden Gate Hat Co., Broner, Stetson, and the New York Hat Company, among others. Hollywood Hatters 6905 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038 (323) […]
All The Happy Hours On Melrose: The Updated Ultimate Guide
Weâre going to need a new term for Happy Hour because on Melrose Avenue, itâs basically good cheap drinks nearly all day!Â Feeling a nice wine with a cheese plate on a Monday because ugh Mondays? Or maybe several local IPAs and a giant basket of French Fries on a Thursday to pre-Friday? All good. Thereâs a deal for your perfect Awesome Afternoon. Hereâs the ultimate guide to all the weekly drink (and food) specials on Melrose. BLACKBIRD PIZZA SHOP Monday all day, Tuesday â Thursday 12p -6p As the newest entry in the Melrose Happy Hour directory, Blackbird Pizza Shop offers specials during peak shopping hours so you can fuel appropriately while walking the blocks. Take a beer break here, when cans (the best canned beer list in the city) are $1 off and drafts are $2 off. There is $5 wine if thatâs your speed. Take ample advantage of the $12 thin or deep dish personal pizza (two toppings) that comes with a tall boy PBR. BLACKBIRD PIZZA SHOP 7459 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.424.7184 www.blackbirdpizzashopla.com THE DARKROOM Monday â Friday, 4p – 7p The Darkroom keeps Happy Hour simple, economical, and full of good options: $3 […]
Melrose Ave. is Hotter Than Ever: We Stole the Fire Group Art Show Opens August 4th
An exciting and immersive four-day group art show opens August 4th at RCNSTRCT Studio on Melrose Ave. Titled We Stole the Fire, the show includes artists Phil America, Sheryo x The Yok, Lolo YS, Abars, Willie Gomez, Kristen Liu-Wong, Robbie Conal, Teddy Kelly, Deladeso, xTOFUx, Scott Hove, Tslil Tsemet, Homeless Cop, Gangster Doodles, Ginger Q, Nicole Salgar, Dorian Lynde, Alec DeMarco, Samuel De Angelis, Ray Young Chu, The Portalists, Jon Von Bonk and Roman Prado. A collaboration with Mezcal El Silencio, the show is an art experience focused on free speech and expression. Presented by Think Tank Gallery and artist Phil America, the goal is to âlaunch an artist coupâ and âreclaim power from the modern gods of government and media,â as Think Tank curators Jacob Patterson and Andrew Barsoum, and creative director Phil America, announce. The art experience includes performance art, installations, graffiti, and limited edition merchandise. They promise âguerilla activist installationsâ leading up to the exhibition including a sculptural work in progress that viewers are encouraged to mark-up however theyâd like. On the 4th, there will be an opening ceremony and group exhibition, with the show continuing through the 7th at the pop-up location on the corner of […]
Melrose ActionÂ Neighborhood Watch
To sign up and become a member of Melrose Action and their Neighborhood Watch, click the link below. Â Youâll receive their weekly newsletter, notices and invitations to their neighbors only meetingsÂ andÂ email alerts about serious crimesÂ in the area. Itâs free and supported by local residents and businesses.
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Melrose Avenue runs through the heart of West Hollywood and Hollywood. It is easily accessible by freeway (close to the 10 and the 101) and public transportation. Its sunny outdoor setting and colorful selection of shops and restaurants provides a unique, walkable experience unlike any in Los Angeles.
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A+ Style: The 12 Coolest Back-To-School Backpacks On Melrose Avenue
Itâs back-to-school time, already! Is your book and supply list as long as a CVS receipt? Youâre going to need something durable to carry the load. Why not find something that looks great, too? On Melrose, thereâs a ton of options for carrying a ton of school gear. Youâll definitely find something that serves the purpose and looks dang good doing it. 2nd STREET This Herschel backpack is standard design elevated by attractive details like the camo pocket and red zippers. Itâs sturdy and easily cleanable, too.Â Youâd never know itâs second-hand â it has been spruced up to near-new condition. 2nd STREET 7560 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 424.433.5997 www.2ndstreetusa.com BAIT Two great traditions make one great backpack: Vans x Snoopy Peanuts Old Skool II meshes the standard design with vintage Charles M. Schulz artwork for one sweet backpack. Youâll have people smiling behind your back. BAIT 7708 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.424.7272 www.baitme.com JAPANLA Pusheen Smiling Grey Backpack Speaking of cute, this grey smiling Pusheen backpack will make carrying even cruel amounts of homework a little less painful. Even literally â itâs soft and has super-padded adjustable shoulder straps because Pusheen wants you to be comfortable. […]
August Entertainment On Melrose
Melrose Avenue is home to world-class theatres that allow the most creative people from around the world to stage their work. From one-person shows and improv troupes to spoken word and guitar virtuosos, thereâs something entertaining for everyone. Grab your tickets quickly (these are intimate theatres so shows sell out fast). Give yourself plenty of time to stroll down Melrose and do some shopping at our unique shops. Grab apps, cocktails, or dinner at any of our incredible restaurants and bars. Melrose is a one-stop unforgettable evening out. Here is whatâs on stage in August: SPOKEN WORD @ GREENWAY COURT THEATRE Three hours of âyou have to see it to feel itâ happen every Tuesday at 9pm. Greenway Court Theatre is home to the countryâs largest weekly open mic night. Da Poetry Lounge brings some of the most powerful performers to the stage for rhyme, music, dance, and comedy. Thereâs a reason this has been throwing down for 20 years â isnât it time you experienced it? GREENWAY COURT THEATRE 544 No. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles 90036 323.673.0544 www.greenwaycourttheatre.org ONE PERSON SHOWS @ THE GROUNDLINGS The magical insanity of improv is on full display in ONE! Itâs a one-night (August […]
The Best Hats On Melrose Avenue: From Sassy Snapbacks To Cali Cowboy
Never underestimate the power of a great hat to make an unforgettable statement. Literally, they can have slogans and logos that present your particular worldview. Figuratively, they can evoke a time and place thatâs special to you. Is your hat jam sporty? Chic? Otherworldly? Melrose Avenue has hats that are just your style, that perfectly fit your dome, and that you wonât find anywhere else. Check out just a few that are in store now. AMERICAN REBEL We may no longer be settlers, but we still are Southwesterners. And a well-rounded SoCal closet needs a proper wide-brimmed felt western hat. American Rebel has great choices for gently used, nicely-priced hats that have just enough bling to make the modern perfection. AMERICAN REBEL 7474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles 90046 323.944.0195 https://www.facebook.com/American-Rebel-Society-142459992577861/ COSMOS GLAMSQUAD Can your head even handle it? This Royal Fighter Hat by Punk Kouture is one of the spectacular headpieces that wonât be missed at Cosmos Glamsquad. Not only will you never be lost in a crowd, youâll likely be declared its ruler. COSMOS GLAMSQUAD 7367 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.951.1141 www.cosmosglamsquad.com GOORIN BROS. So say youâve got an outdoor, day time wedding and your suit is dapper […]
Hot Spots to Sip a Cool Drink
If youâre looking for a hot spot to sip a cool drink on a warm summer day, Melrose Ave. is the place to go. With a wide range of venues to hoist a tasty summer libation, get ready to raise a toast to SoCal living on Melrose. The Dark Room Nosh on a Southern Fried Chicken sandwich with house slaw and Chipotle Ranch, or go with cheese pizza or deep fried cauliflower while enjoying a wide range of generous mixed drinks from the basics on up in this convivial bar. This spot is often a before or after spot for patrons of The Groundlings comedy theater next door. From comfy booths to high top tables, thereâs room to linger and enjoy tap beers or a Red Bull vodka, or on a sunny day, one of the perfectly spiced Bloody Marys that The Dark Room is known for. And of course, donât miss making a pose in the barâs super popular photo booth. Thatâs picture-perfect. The Dark Room 7302 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 931-3800 The Parlor Classic cocktails go with a wide variety of tasty eats at this relaxed but hip spot. The beverage menu was crafted by […]
A Theatre Festival Debut, Queer Improv, And A Pop Art Party: The Best Of Entertainment On Melrose In July
Like everything else on Melrose Avenue, the great thing about the entertainment choices is that they are unlike anything youâll find anywhere else in L.A. This month, thereâs a gallery party and a femme writer festival as well as some of the longest-running shows in the country! And of course, any of your nights out for entertainment can be enhanced by a pre- and post-show meal and drinks at one of the best restaurants or coolest bars in the city. Hereâs all the entertainment on Melrose Avenue in July: DA POETRY LOUNGE @ GREENWAY COURT THEATRE Every Tuesday at 9am, Greenway Court Theatre is home to the countryâs largest weekly open mic night. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Da Poetry Lounge brings some of the most powerful performers to the stage for three hours of rhyme, music, dance, and comedy. Youâll never see it happen like this again, and youâll never forget it. GREENWAY COURT THEATRE 544 No. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles 90036 323.673.0544 www.greenwaycourttheatre.org SCHMABARET! PRESENTS LADY @ THE GROUNDLINGS THEATRE Must-see one-night-onlys are happening all month at Groundlings. On July 12, the comedy duo Schmabaret! perform a rock-n-roll parody as the infamous rock band Lady, queer improvisers return on […]
Juicy News On Melrose Ave.
Get juicy! There are plenty of healthy, happiness-inducing juice drinks and treats available right on Melrose Avenue. Itâs a perfect way to power up for a day of shopping and browsing. Trendy spots serve up unique flavor combinations that are juice-tacular, good for body and soul. BEEFSTEAK Veggie-centric dining in this fast-casual spot includes a variety of lovely juices and smoothies. Enjoy treats such as the OG Original Green with a zippy combo of kale, spinach, apple, celery, cucumber, lemon, and ginger. Or how about the sweet and delicious Honey Cream, which is a blend of pineapple, coconut, ginger, and carrot? Then for a spicy swirl, thereâs the Volcano, made with carrot, beets, grapefruit, ginger, and yep, habanero chilies. And when it comes to smoothies, popular blends include the Blue Bonanza, a rich mix of almond milk, blueberry, banana, plant protein, and almond butter. Nuts for Cacao Nibs satisfies that chocolate craving in the most healthy of ways, with coconut milk, cinnamon, banana, cocoa nibs, honey, cacao, dates, and maca. Feeling a bit decadent? Then take part in the venueâs Retox While You Detox plan â you can add a shot of high-end alcohol to any juice or smoothie, from […]
How To Get Your Sexiest Summer Skin : The Best Skin Care Products And Services On Melrose
Itâs summertime, and yay! now we get to shed approximately one layer of winter clothing and start showing some skin. While a good regime is important all year long, itâs time to really focus on moisturizing, sun-safe skincare. There are excellent spas for services and skincare products on Melrose Avenue to get your scaly, ashy, unbalanced epidermis ready for summer. ELEGANCE STUDIO Ooohhh, that feeling of a serious scrub and then a refreshing mask. Itâs like rebuilding your entire face. This combo kit from Elegance is a home facial and perfect for man skin. Just scrub off the dead skin cells, banish blackheads, and get super-clean, then restore and balance with a fresh-smelling mask. Easy, guys. Get on it! ELEGANCE STUDIO 7600 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.452.0093 www.elegancestudio.com FLOYDâS 99 All-in-one products are gifts from the gods. Floydâs 99 Refresh is one of the best, especially for summer. It soothes skin that spent too much time in the sun, it hydrates dry skin, and it smells delightful so if your hair, pits, or skin are a little stanky itâll be a good cover-up until shower time. FLOYDâS 99 7300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.965.7600 www.floyds99barbershop.com GREEN LINE BEAUTY […]
Best Fatherâs Day Gifts On Melrose For Your Badass Dad
DAD NEEDS A DANG HAIRCUT Is your dadâs tired look making you crazy? Itâs 2018, pop, time to freshen up! Doesnât need to be dreads, braids, or even a precision shaved design (though by all means, go for it!), maybe just an OG fade and some good ole pampering will get dad to turn in his clippers. ACE OF FADES 7518 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.653.5436 www.facebook.com/acecoffadesla DADâS GOT A SHOE FETISH If your dad has a shoe closet that rivals Dre Johnsonâs on âBlackish,â feed the sneak beast with something special for his feets. Prepare to buck up for a quality, hard-to-find brand, then prepare to watch your pop cry with happiness. COOL KICKS LA 7565 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 www.instagram.com/coolkicksla INDIANA DAD, THE OUTDOOR GUY If your dad is a weekend warrior who laughs maniacally at the idea of Netflix and chill, consider the Jumanji: a practical yet pretty darn cute hat that offers protection from the elements while adding a little hipster flair to the outdoor gear. HOLLYWOOD HATTERS 6905 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038 323.525.1912 www.hollywoodhatter.com OK, YOUâVE GOT A HOT DAD Ainât nothing wrong with having a dad that loves clothes and takes […]
What Is A Piroloâs Panino? Melrose Avenueâs Answer To The Ultimate Sandwich
Piroloâs Panino is the ultimate sandwich spot. The perfect fast-casual dining venue for succulent sandwiches, to-go orders, and delivery, Chef Michael Pirolo is sating appetites with the same style he sports at his upscale South Beach spot in Miami. There, his sophisticated restaurant Macchialina received a semi-finalist spot in the James Beard awards; here, Piroloâs Panino serves up delicious sandwiches, plates, small bites, and dessert that can be consumed anywhere, including in-store at comfortable plank tables. So, what are you dining on? Well, starters include cheese puffs, airy ricotta and mozzarella fritters served with house marinara. The puffs can also be made into a panini for a yummy vegetarian sandwich. Either way, theyâre essentially a delicately crisp take on mozzarella sticks. Other starters include beef and pork meatballs and buffalo chicken wings served with homemade blue cheese and celery. The chefâs menu encourages diners to âeat your greensâ and with a simple Caesar Salad that includes sundried tomatoes, or a chefâs salad that mixes salami, provolone, olives, and crispy chickpeas in a house vinaigrette, it would be hard to refuse. But then we come to the sandwiches, which are the heart and soul of the menu. The classic Chicken Parm […]
Juice Butchers: Get Juicy
Juice bars and life in Los Angeles seem to go hand in hand these days, and Melrose Ave. has just welcomed the newest juicy arrival: Juice Butchers. Juice Butchers calls itself a neighborhood juice bar, and the spot prides itself on making â100% fresh, raw, vegan, organic, cold-pressed juiceâ according to staff. The idea behind Juice Butchers is that juice doesnât need to be expensive or pretentious, and to that end, prices are reasonable, staff are friendly, and the shop is bright and fresh, open daily from 9 to 7. Thereâs a pretty outside patio with green tables; inside thereâs a cool minimalist mural of a butcher on the wall, sleek dark wood community counters, metal stools. The overall look is light and airy, the vibe is friendly, almost like an old-fashioned soda fountain. You could hang out here, or get your juice and other good-for-you snacks on the go. The menu includes juice, smoothies, wellness shots, tonics, and food items such as an acai bowl and a Chipotle Wrap. While juices are the main focus of the menu â as they should be – the acai bowl is a beautiful one, and decked out with pears, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, […]
Stuffâd Dumpling: Ready To Get Stuffed?
Stuff’d Dumpling is just two months old, but already this bright and airy Melrose eatery is getting patrons delightfully stuffed themselves. The chef-made dumplings are gluten-free, made with organic and locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible, and embody the very essence of comfort food. Founding partner Liza Tevelev says her love of dumplings started when she was a child. âI grew up eating and making these dumplings my whole life. I was born in Russia, and when I moved to L.A. I would make and eat them with my friends, and people really seemed to enjoy them.â Tevelev and her business partner Matt Cooper decided to leave the world of finance and create their own take on delicious dumplings. âI had a food blog and worked in a food start-up at one point, so this was kind of a natural progression,â she notes. This is Tevelevâs first restaurant, although her executive chef Missy Kim previously served the same role at CafĂŠ Stella, worked as private chef for LCD Sound System, and as talent agent Ari Emanuelâs private chef. âMatt and Missy added their own take on dumplings, and the concept developed from there. From my idea, they brought in flavors that were […]
Blackbird Fly â to Blackbird Pizza on Melrose Ave.
Blackbird Pizza is absolutely the pizza shop of the moment on Melrose Ave. Offering thin-crust and deep-dish, this casual, bright, modern pizzeria ends the debate about which is style of pizza pie is best: here, they are both pretty terrific. With spare bare-wood tables, a window counter for people-watching, and fun graphics on the wall, this is a small but cool looking spot, and makes a good place to settle in and relax over a pizza and a beer. In fact, the beer menu is even more extensive than the spotâs choice of pizzas. Youâll also find meatball options (no vegan, at least not yet), and other fine snacks. Owner and chef Luis Ulloa has created dining venues in New York and San Francisco; in the latter location he assisted with the well-regarded Little Star Pizza. Perhaps that was the link to his latest venture, but regardless of its origin, Melrose Ave., and Los Angeles itself is grateful for the chance to put to rest â or put to a tie â the deep dish/thin crust debate. Before tackling that one, itâs well-worth noting that Blackbird also soars with the âsnacksâ section of its menu, such as a local burrata […]
John Kolaski, Michael Pirolo And Giancarlo Pagani Launch Pirolo’s Panino On Melrose
After several successful pop-ups in Miami, hospitality veteran John Kolaski partnered with Michael Pirolo (James Beard Award Semi-Finalist) and Giancarlo Pagani (of Pagani Projects) to bring renowned Italian sandwich shop, Piroloâs Panino, to Melrose Avenue. The official grand opening forÂ Piroloâs PaninoÂ takesÂ placeÂ Tuesday, April 24 atÂ 7461 Melrose Ave., in the space formerly occupied by Greenspanâs Grilled Cheese. Pirolo’s will offer limited seating as its main focus is take-out and delivery. Piroloâs Panino will deliver throughout West Hollywood, while private cloud kitchens will extend delivery-only options throughout Downtown, Hollywood and Central Los Angeles. Â âAfter opening more than 60 venues over the past decade, Iâve seen firsthand how guests have evolved beyond the restaurants of the past. We expect culinary thoughtfulness and creativity anywhere we enjoy a glass of wine, a meal or a snack,â said John Kolaski, Founder, CEO and Curator of K2 Restaurants. â…Iâve brought together a group of creative and curious people to build distinctive gastronomic experiences in restaurants and other unexpected places.â Piroloâs combines bold, authentic flavors with thoughtfully-sourced ingredients to create exceptional American-Italian classics. Focused on great tasting signature sandwiches, Piroloâs will also feature a selection of Chef favorites including salads, plates, sides and desserts. Signature paninos will include […]
Japanâs #1 Resale Retailer, 2nd Street, Opens Its First American Store On Melrose
2nd Street Melrose is FINALLY open, and a welcome addition to the shopping districtâs family of stores. The fashion-forward second-hand clothing retailer opened its first location in North America on Melrose, and has already established itself as a go-to for both bargain lovers and trendsetters. With almost 600 locations in Japan, 2nd Street is one of that countryâs leading reuse businesses. The stores there refurbish and resell everything from baby goods to electronics, and is a popular family shopping option. 2nd Street is everywhere in Japan. Both Ms. Nakamura and Mr. Seiya Magori worked on the retail side of the company in Japan before moving to Los Angeles to open the Melrose store. It was a massive financial and geographical leap for the overseas company to consider launching in the U.S. Why Los Angeles, and why Melrose? San Francisco, New York, and Chicago were considered, but L.A. had the preferred fashion sense. âTrendy is very important,â suggested Ms. Nakamura. âPeople really enjoy fashion here, many styles.â Added Mr. Magori, âMelrose is very popular in Japan. I visited here 15 years ago, and I liked Melrose culture.â Prior to the physical opening, 2nd Street opened a vibrant, ever-expanding (1000s of items) […]